Four penalties for unrelated Palm Beach County code violations dating as far back as the 2004 hurricanes are set to be reduced from more than $1 million down to about 9 cents on the dollar, according to a memo for next Tuesday’s Palm Beach County Commission meeting.
The four items will be reduced to 8.6 percent, from $1.076 million to $92,290.
Code enforcement officials have stressed that dramatic reductions are the norm; that the ultimate goal isn’t to collect a big penalty but to get people in compliance.
The four items:
Property in West Palm Beach owned by Marcos Acevedo was hit with three code enforcement liens of September 2008, August 2010 and September 2010 for various maintenance violations. A lien grew to $786,531 as of Dec. 9. Settled for $50,000 (6.4 percent).
A shopping center near Palm Springs owned by South Military Trail LLC was cited for landscaping issues and draconian “hat-racking” trimming of trees after the 2004 hurricanes. A lien grew to $128,812 as of Nov. 15. Settled for $6,675 (5.2 percent) with a ban on the center operating a cocktail lounge or selling alcohol between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Ramsey Bulkeley, deputy director of Planning, Zoning and Building, which oversees code enforcement, said El Toro Loco, a night club at the center, was for years the site of numerous incidents of violence and crime.
Property near Palm Beach International Airport that’s owned by Florida Land & Timber Corp. was cited for exotic pest trees, standing dead trees and trash dating to 2005. A lien grew, with interest, to $117,634 as of Nov. 9. settled for $20,665 (17.6 percent).
Property in Lake Worth owned by Carmella Daut and Jean Rene Pierre-Louis was cited for installing a porch without proper permits. Liens grew to $43,348 as of Jan. 3. Settled for $14,950 (34.5 percent).